Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation

January 2024 Newsletter

Photo by Sonja Pedersen

If Floridians were ever hoping Punxutawyney Phil doesn’t see his shadow, it would be this year. Despite the wintery January we’ve all bundled up for, the Corridor Foundation and this ever-growing community have been in the field embracing the beauty of the season.

This month, join us on a visual journey through two photo essays from our photography intern Ethan Coyle and volunteer Sonja Pedersen, tune in to the latest Florida Uncut episode featuring William Freund from fStop Foundation, or dive into the Corridor yourself with volunteer opportunities spanning 40 state parks until the end of this week.

Mark your calendar for our next Wild Space Gallery exhibition called Timeless: Art, Science, and Nature by Archbold Biological Station, which opens during St. Pete’s Second Saturday ArtWalk on February 10.

In celebration of the homecoming of the You Are Here” exhibit, previously displayed at Florida House on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC during 2023, we’re taking it on a 2-year statewide tour. First stop: the Florida State Fair inside the Florida Forest Discovery Center from February 8-19. See the works of eight Florida conservation photographers who highlight the Corridor’s working lands, waterways, wetlands, and wildlife crossings.

To wrap up, we’re celebrating that the Corridor Foundation received the Platinum Transparency seal from Candid. It’s an important rating for donors and I’m so proud of our team for this accomplishment.

I hope to see you at some of the upcoming events and in the meantime, layer up and go enjoy Wild Florida!

Mallory Dimmitt
CEO
Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation

Register for the first virtual Corridor Town Hall of 2024 to stay informed about the latest developments and celebrations following the Corridor Connect Summit. On Friday Feb 2 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST, discover noteworthy projects and achievements from the field and participate in a moderated Q&A session for an engaging and informative experience. You can expect to hear insights from various speakers on topics such as:

  • Corridor Celebrations: Mara Gambineri, Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation (FDEP)
  • O2O Partnership: Heather Nagy (North Florida Land Trust) and Matt Corby (Camp Blanding)
  • America The Beautiful & Land Management: Josh Daskin (Archbold)
  • Corridor Collaboration Team updates: Lindsay Stevens (Corridor Compatible Communities Team Chair from TNC); Samantha Browne (Trails Team Chair from Office of Greenways and Trails, DEP); David Wolfe (Compatible Solar Chair from Defenders of Wildlife)
  • County Success Story: Commissioner Sean Parks for Lake County
  • Q&A Moderated by Travis Thompson of Cast & Blast Florida Podcast

Do you have celebrations to share and/or questions about happenings in the Corridor? Are there specific inquiries you would like to direct to presenters? Email your questions to marly@floridawildlifecorridor.org by January 31. Alternatively, you can ask your questions live during the event. Be sure to register through this webinar link:

Reed Bowman, Predawn Light Over Rosemary Shrub, courtesy of Archbold Biological Station.

Wild Space Gallery presents Timeless: Art, Science and Nature by Archbold Biological Station.

At Archbold Biological Station, scientists and artists work in tandem on long-term ecological and environmental studies. In the living laboratory/studio that is Archbold, they are building a picture of Florida’s ancient lands and its inhabitants over time. While science relies on facts, and art on imagination, the two approaches can merge, as this exhibition of works created at Archbold suggests.

Included are images by scientists who leverage their artistic skills to further their research, and compositions by artists who access scientific knowledge in their aesthetic investigations. Media include painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, music, video, and installation by Dustin Angell, Reed Bowman, Mark Deyrup, Mollie Doctrow, Michele Oka Doner, Maria Eisner, Thomas Eisner, Evelyn Gaiser, Deborah Mitchell, and Kristy Sullivan.

This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of Bradley S. and Marta E. Pollitt and Family. Curated by Noel Smith.

Exhibition Dates: February 10, 2024 – March 29, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10, 5:30-8pm

Photo by Paul Marcellini

After a full year at the Florida House on Capitol Hill, You Are Here is setting off on a two-year traveling tour across the state. First stop, the Florida State Fair! The exhibit will be on display at the Florida State Fair from February 8-18 in the Florida Forest Discovery Center. 

You Are Here: An Exhibition of the Florida Wildlife Corridor showcases iconic landscapes of the Corridor, from the Everglades up through working lands, wildlife underpasses, and into Florida’s gorgeous springs and forests through the work of eight renowned conservation photographers including Carlton Ward Jr.

January Stories from the Feild

Ethan Coyle

This month, our photography intern Ethan Coyle was lucky enough to get up close and personal with one of the wildest residents of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. He came away with some incredible photos and the experience of a lifetime. Check out his photo essay “The Bison of Paynes Prairie.”

Sonja Pedersen

Wildlife photographer Sonja Pedersen, shares the beauty and wonder of Lake Dan Preserve in her photo essay “Out My Front Door.”

Explore the Corridor Week

Myakka River State Park by FWCF Photography Intern Ethan Coyle

The Florida State Parks Foundation and Live Wildly have teamed up for Explore the Corridor Week, a statewide public volunteering drive to be held at 40 of Florida’s award-winning state parks between Jan. 27 and Feb. 4, 2024.

Each park falls within the footprint of the Florida Wildlife Corridor! Find volunteer opportunities near you at the link below.

Calling North Florida Landowners!

Florida landowners interested in aligning their land uses with conservation values and practices have an opportunity to apply to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) ​through February 20, 2024. 

​​USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) have partnered through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to solve on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns in the Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor.

NFLT is leading this RCPP project to protect the Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor (O2O), in partnership with approximately 26 federal, state, and private organizations. The O2O is a 100-mile long, 1.6-million-acre, landscape of public and private lands that connect the Ocala National Forest to the Osceola National Forest. The O2O is a critical link in the Florida Wildlife Corridor that provides habitat for the Florida black bear and imperiled species like the red-cockaded woodpecker, indigo snake, and gopher tortoise.

Get ready for an immersive journey into the heart of Florida’s vibrant conservation movement with Florida Uncut. The new podcast hosted by Mason Gravley is here to inspire you with captivating stories and firsthand experiences from the unsung heroes dedicated to safeguarding Florida’s breathtaking wilderness.

This month, Mason interviewed William Freund, the founder of FStop Foundation. Check out the episode linked below to learn about the inspiration behind the Foundation and the determined team that believes in the power of photography, creating powerful content and telling a powerful story.

We recently earned a Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency! Check out our nonprofit profile to keep up to date with our impact. Keep this link handy, we want to make sure you always have the information you need to support our work with trust and confidence.

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